Vintages Personal Tales of a Vintage Collector II - Fulfilling my Teenage Cravings

Personal Tales of a Vintage Collector II - Fulfilling my Teenage Cravings

03/03/16 04:26:36 (24 comments)

by: Miguel Matos

It's been a while since the last time I told you some stories about my vintage collecting and the drive one has to have to porsue this obsession. If you didn't read my first chapter, you can check it HERE.

Pac-Man was one of my obsessions. I was a computer/arcade game freak in the 80's.

In this article I want to welcome you to my time capsule back to the late 80's and 90's. Growing up I always loved perfume. In my family there was only one other person that shared this passion and I think I got my tastes for vintage perfume from her - my aunt Helena. She has had Alzheimers for almost 10 years now but she sure left a mark on me then. She used to wear Calandre and Rive Gauche and L'Insolent on special occasions. I think one of her everyday scents was Avon Tasha. So aldehydes are a thing that makes me go back into my childhood.

1988 Guilty Pleasure: I was a Roxette fan!

When I was a teenager, I didn't have much money. I came from a very modest family background. I was actually the first person in my family to have a college degree and I know my mother used to be extremely poor when she was young. So, I never had much money to invest in perfume until I had my first job at 19 years old. Until then I had to wear things like Old Spice (nothing wrong with that), Don Algodon, Crossmen and Insignia. But my nose craved for things that were out of my reach. When I finally got my first paychecks I started to buy better perfumes. My first expensive perfume was Aramis Tuscany (bought in Spain in a school trip), followed by Aramis New West, Kenzo pour Homme and Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine.

1990: everyone watched Beverly Hills 90210

Recently I started hunting for those fragrances I so wanted to have as a teenager. Having them is now like a trophy to me. They remind me of the 90's and the bittersweet years of the world before Internet and smartphones (I was a depressed teen but always had a smile on my face). They are also objects and smells that tell me: “work hard and someday you will get there”. So I decided to share some of these perfumes, along with others that were later cravings but have only now made their way into my collection.

1992: my favourite TV series was Twin Peaks

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche (1970)

Rive Gauche was one of my founding aromas in terms of my taste for perfume. Even though I never wear it, it represents an example of the first high end perfume I had smelled in the beginning of the 1980's. My favourite aunt used to wear this and I wanted to have it to remind me of how she used to be. They are also like going back to my first scent awakenings.

I got a bottle of vintage Calandre a couple years ago, but it turned and I had to throw it out weeks ago. Interesting fact is that days later, after I had quit looking for it, I found an almost full bottle of vintage Rive Gauche for only 5 euros at the local flea market. It smells fresh and it is indeed a cerebral perfume, one of these intellectual scent combinations that deserves applause. Even though the modern reformulation isn't that good, it is still interesting. Vintage bottles are the ones that have the name Rive Gauche in bigger font and Yves Saint Laurent in smaller one. This bottle is made of glass, not metal like the modern ones. To me Rive Gauche has a motherly smell (because of family associations) but it surely has an edgy twist: Metallic rose and industrial aldehydes. It was modern then and cool now.

Dior Poison (1985)

This is another big icon for me. It stands for everything I love in a perfume: loudness, sensuality, strength, innovation, uniqueness, deepness... I could go on for days praising Poison. This bottle I got in the same flea market a couple years ago. It's a full 50ml pressurized spray bottle. It's beautiful and it cost only 10 euros. Poison is crucial in my teen years. I was only 8 when it was lauched and I remember that it was like witchcraft. Wherever I went, if some woman passed me by wearing Poison I would follow her, like I was hypnotized. I couldn't resist it. I wanted to eat it, I felt absolutely overwhelmed by it. I remember being fascinated by the sight of the adverts. The bottle and the marketing imagery kept me hooked. I had a darkness inside even at that time and I could identify perfectly with Poison. I would never dare to wear it if I had it, but I wanted to. I had absolutely no financial possibility of having it, so I would sniff the air and follow its trail. In school I had an English teacher who wore Poison. For months I sat at the front row just to experience this bewitching fragrance, feeling hazy, almost high. Then one day this treacher started to wear Tresor and my heart was crushed. Anyway, I always wanted to have it.

After I got the vintage eau de toilette (much stronger and sweeter than the modern reformulation which is a bit softer and smoky, and actually nice, too), I also bought a bottle of Esprit de Parfum, for 5 euros online. This is the most intoxicating thing ever. Delicious. You almost don't have to apply it on the skin. Just open the bottle and you are scented. Anyway I wear Poison sometimes, especially for a night out clubbing when I like to be smelled everywhere. The young boys and girls don't even know what that is and they go crazy over it. Once I took 4 sprays of Poison eau de toilette on the neck (which is too much for the common mortal) but decided that I could survive an extra layer, so I dabbed some extrait behind my ears. Needless to say I was a walking scent bomb and I loved it.

Kenzo Ça Sent Beau (1989)

This one I don't have a big story to tell you about. I only recall seeing this bottle in a friend's house and thinking that it was so beautiful. I remember smelling it and falling in love. 25 years have passed and I got it from a swap with a member from Fragrantica.

What a wonderful way of making a tuberose scent, combined with citrus, green notes and patchouli. I love to wear it and especially nowadays that my tastes are leaning more towards the florals. It is one of the best tuberose perfumes I have smelled so far. And I not only got one bottle in a swap, now that it is so hard to find, but I recently got another one as a gift from a friend who found it at home and decided that it could have a better owner. So after so many years I now have a backup bottle of Ça Sent Beau. Isn't life crazy?

Trussardi Action (1990)

Now this one was the greatest love of all at 15. I wanted this bottle more than anything else at that time. It was utterly expensive but I loved the crazy bottle and the fact that nobody else was wearing it. In fact, I obtained a couple of samples and I kept them in a drawer in the bedside table just to smell it before going to bed. It smelled fresh but luxurious and I loved the spicy notes mixed with the greens. This was a big basil scent, full of aromatic herbs, green explosions and an abstract musk that enveloped everything in a sophisticated way. I didn't buy it then but I started collecting money. 

At the time I was crazy for 2 Unlimited... And wore (fake) Jimmy Doyle boots.

When I finally had the money to buy it, it was discontinued. And this was always an under the radar scent, or so it seems. The decades passed and I gave up on it, finding one bottle very rarely on ebay at stupid prices. Until one day, two years ago, when I went to my hometown for Christmas and accidentaly passed by the old perfumery where I used to go ask for samples. The perfumery was about to close down and they were selling their stock for less than half price. And there it was a bottle of Trussardi Action, a tester, maybe the very same I used to covet in the window. I got it for 25 euros and it seemed like entering a time capsule. Again, the love persisted. I still think this is one of the best aromatic herbals I have ever smelled. The composition is complex with basil dominating and it survived 20 years of storage, still smelling original, crisp and invigorating. This is a truly underrated treasure.

Robert Beaulieu Vison Noir (1991)

What if I told you that I know an old perfume shop that still has a stock of Vison Noir and it smells just as seductive as back then? This is a forgotten gem full of orchids and castoreum. This was first spotted by me as a young boy at the house of another friend. I was captivated by the fur cap of the black bottle and kept this smell in my memory all these years until I found this shop where I bought a bunch of bottles. If you never smelled Vison Noir, I can tell you it seems like a Black Orchid avant la lettre in a softer and more animalic version. I also got the even rarer Vison, which is a very different citrus-floral composition.

First time I heard Ru Paul.

Estée Lauder Spellbound (1991)

Another perfume I wanted to wear but didn't have the courage was Estée Lauder's Spellbound. At that time I didn't know that a man could pull off perfumes marketed for women. Well, at this point I was no longer a teenager, this happened in my mid-twenties. I loved Spellbound and wasn't sure of myself to wear it. A long time passed and now I wear whatever I like.

Spellbound became hard to find. Now after swapping with my Italian friend Giusi, I indulge myself in it to go out at night. Thanks Giusi, I hope I will see you in Florence again this year!

Etienne Aigner Private Number (1992)

Ab Fab: Major fan!

When I started visiting perfume shops to smell and ask for samples (which I rarely was given). I remember that in those days I had a small want list composed of Trussardi ActionRomeo Gigli UomoAubusson Homme (loved the cinnamnon note in it), Versus Uomo (still craving it for my trophy shelf), Chevignon and Etienne Aigner Private Number. This one was just something I smelled at the store and really liked. I was in a blue phase and the blue box seduced me, I think. It was a sweet fougere with great sillage. Again, another unfulfilled desire until a year ago when I saw it in an old perfumery in Lisbon where I found some treasures from time to time. It cost about 13 euros and I had to get it. Finally I never wore it and I cannot figure out what I had seen in it because I always detested fougeres. But I keep it as another symbol of my youthful perfume wishes.

I apologize if this post was too personal, but I felt like writing this to have the final closure on the subject of vintage perfume trophies. Those of you who had the patience of reading until the end, I would love to read your stories. Do you search for long desired bottles that you couldn't buy when you were young?

To be continued next week...

Miguel Matos

Miguel is a Portuguese journalist obsessed with art and perfume. Miguel likes to see himself as a fragrance curator, investigating the possibilities of perfume as contemporary art in exhibitions and other multimedia projects. He directs his own cultural magazine, Umbigo, besides contributing with texts for museums and art galleries. He is a perfume collector and specializes in vintage perfumery, organizing monthly talks called Vintage Perfume Sniffing in Lisbon. He is a Fragrantica writer, translator and editor of Fragrantica.com.br.

 



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muncierobson
muncierobson

I'll marry Miguel, and not just to get my hands on his poison espirit...

Dec
18
2016
ClairaNoir
ClairaNoir

Sometimes you don't even have to open the Poison Esprit bottle because you can smell it through the bottle; its industrial strength is also powerful enough to survive through a shower, the rest of the day, and forever on clothes.

I also love Twin Peaks; the movie version is probably my favorite though.

Dec
17
2016
shanon206
shanon206

Quel plaisir de vous lire et de voyager dans vos souvenirs avec leurs parfums...

Mon premier parfum était un cadeau pour mes dix ans de mariage en 1978 (presque 80 lol) : L'air du Temps de Nina Ricci, avec "une" colombe. Pour moi, c'est un souvenir intact et j'ai toujours ce parfum car je n'en mettais que rarement. En ce temps là, un parfum était une grande richesse vu le prix. Il n'a jamais tourné. Ouvrir le flacon pour sentir le parfum est un vrai bonheur.

Le deuxième cadeau a été en 1985, Balahé de Léonard, idem...

Mes achats de l'époque Paloma Picasso, Opium, Azzaro.

J'ai été aussi démonstratrice Avon et ai la chance d'avoir toujours certains parfums dont Elégance, Rapture, Timeless, Ariane... mon préféré était Elégance... Je peux dire qu'après tant d'années, ils ne tournent pas malgré leur prix démocratique.

Au plaisir de continuer à vous lire, prochainement j'espère

Dec
17
2016
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

....pull the other one, that's got bells on it......as the British say.. LOL! Being Greek I appreciate how beauty and manly form should be admired!

Mar
06
2016
migueldematos
migueldematos

#blushing

Mar
06
2016
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

I really enjoy Miguel's heart felt articles. I'm from the same period and now we are of age and income to go looking for our past loves. Its heartbreaking the current status of fragrances.

We find ourselves in a sea of thin synthetics and reformulations when our hearts and minds desire what we loved in our youth. Its a tough spot to be in for sure.

Pieces like this validate our feelings and thoughts . I look forward to more posts from Miguel.

My youth frags of enjoli, charlie, tea rose, anais anais, navy, exclamation, fire and ice, jean Nate, joop, bennetion, tribu, scoundrel, forever krystle, Cher uninhibited, passion, white diamonds, opium, Paris, white jeans, blonde, vs, 273, first,poison, magie noire, panthere, fracas, angel... Oh what a brilliant time in perfumary.

Mar
06
2016
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Anyone, male or female, who wants to marry Miguel form an orderly queue..(please no underhand tactics, bitchiness or cat fights...).

Mar
06
2016
alexandra13
alexandra13

As you´ve already been reassured in previous comments, no need to apologize; a wonderful article, one that every perfumista can relate to, since perfumes are time travel tickets to everyone, whichever generation. I am of your generation, spent my teens in Athens, so I recognise the olfactory landscape of the 80s that the Greek commenters describe, but also the Portuguese one for sure. My mother wore Opium, Ysatis and Rive Gauche, my girlfriends Loulou and Aromatics Elixir, I was obsessed with getting my grubby teen hands on Prescriptives Calyx, worn by a girlfriends mother.(I thought the Clinique reissue would be a huge gift, but no)Fidji was a signature scent for me, loved it to death.
The boss-woman at my first job at 18 declared that I should be wearing citrusy perfumes, and handed me a bottle of Eau de Givenchy, which I happily wore but subsequently I developed a bit of a grudge against citrus-based perfumes.
Having gained Consumer Status, my 90s perfumes were L´eau de Issey Miyake, Emporio Armani Elle, Fifth Avenue, Duende, Cheap n´Chic, Vent Vert, Byzance, Pleasures, Amarige, D & G Light Blue (back to citrus!)and I started a miniature collection which I proudly displayed on the wall in my bedroom in one of those wooden shelving thingies with small compartments and also used.Looking back I think I was all over the place in terms of perfumes, much like I was in my life! Many of the aforementioned juices are, sadly, linked to years spent with a systematically cheating boyfriend, so smelling them today makes me nostalgic, but also bring the shadow of anger and hurt.
Fast forward to today, I´m happily married to a Portuguese man and living in Cascais. So, Miguel, which is that old perfumaria in Lisbon, hm? and the Vison shop? Spill it! (I know, I know, "Tira o cavalinho da chuva, menina!") Beijinhos!

Mar
06
2016
zimatar
zimatar

This article made it to my FB newsfeed three days after it was published. The thumbnail image of that Kenzo for Women bottle "got me all verklempt" as Babs would put it lol considering I recently scored a full bottle of it recently.

Anyway, I'm 41 and all the text and images of this very personal article resonated well with me (as if I wrote this myself! lol). My younger peers took a while to understand why I was so hung up with these now "vintage" frags, as you know, they came a dime a dozen in their heydays. Living close to a US military base then in the Philippines had it perks: access to imported goods and luxury items. I did save for samples and miniature bottles. And there is so much inexplicable joy obtaining bottles you so wanted as a child and a teenager that was just so out of your reach at the time. That is why I am hardly impressed by the new ones that come out nowadays that depended so much on hype over substance. I could go on and on.

I wasn't a fan of secondhand bottles until recently, but even if I haven't shared a memory with a new 'haul', I know it has a story to tell.

I collect and still buy CDs to this day (yes Miguel, I do have that Roxette and RuPaul CDs, too!). And I love how I am transported by both the music and the scent to a very particular happy place and time by the magic they both possess. I still have handwritten and typewritten lists of perfume must-haves I wanted dating back to the late '80s. They were limited (as compared by thousands we have today), but they were really iconic in their own way and are much more appreciated today because of their quality and character. I rocked Colors de Benetton, Uninhibited by Cher, Poison, Gucci Nobile, Xeryus, Lauren, Anais Anais, Drakkar Noir, Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth and Beverly Hills 90210 just to name a few, back in high school. I miss how my classmates would complain how dizzy I made them. hahaha In fact, I'd save up also to buy Vogue and made book covers of the perfume ads. I was so crazy about Paulina Porizkova's Estee Lauder ads!

To echo what Miguel wrote in one of his comments: "...if you are desperate for a specific bottle and it seems impossible to find, just wait and be persistent. Experience tells me that if you keep an open eye, someday that bottle will come to you. You just have to keep looking :)"

That is so true and they do come at the most unexpected time and circumstance, but it will happen. x


p.s. Hey Miguel, marry me! hahaha

Mar
05
2016
Cybernoir
Cybernoir

Miguel, Miguel, Miguel, love your articles, always. Now about that shop with limitless bottles of Vison Noir..... you are driving me mad, Miguel.

Mar
04
2016
enyone
enyone

this is such a beautiful article! i'm sure with many of the same generation you really touched a string, and i guess it is a thing of all generations, those bittersweet cravings.

Mar
04
2016
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ornagershon@gmail.com

What a wonderful artical.
Love it, reminds of myself :)
Very looking forward to the rest of it.

Mar
04
2016
learnincurve
learnincurve

Lovely article :)

One if the most fascinating and wonderful things about perfume is the way it can take you back to an exact time and place like it was yesterday.

My memories of the 80s are of the 80s powerbomb perfume selection packs my mother used to pick up duty free dirt cheap. Normally she would wear cheaper perfumes but for the month after she came back from her holidays where she would treat herself to "the good stuff" so all of those classics remind me of the smell wafting out of my mother's bedroom.

The 90s is just one fragrance for me. CK Eternity. I spent a lot of time in hospitals (nothing life threatening) and there used to be this smell permeating the room coming off the pile of magazines in the corner of every waiting room I went in, as people seemed unable to resist peeling back the flap on the adverts.

Mar
03
2016
Bajar
Bajar

Great article, Miguel. I really enjoy reading stories about perfumes associated with people's past. I belong to the same generation so I can totally understand all the fuss about certain legends from '80s and '90s.
The memories from my childhood consist of the perfumes that my relatives wore back in '80s. Being a member of a typical Greek family with a lot of aunts and uncles from both my parents' sides and more than 15 cousins who are much older than me, I was exposed to a plethora of scents, some of them very modern and loud and some of them more classic. Until the age of 14 I didn't know a lot of perfumes, except Fidji, Opium, Anais Anais (all the girls of my age wore it), Chanel No5, Pino Sylvestre, Drakkar Noir and Charlie but I was sure about the smells I liked. Anything green, fresh, lemony, smokey, earthy, woody or dry was on the top of my dream list (and still is!). At 15 I was given (not as a gift) Lanvin's Clair de Jour and yes, finally I owned a perfume! It was not a full bottle but it was a scent I loved. At 17 I remember that the girls in my school wore Loulou (I still hate it) and Poison which I never wore but I respect and appreciate because the composition was very innovative for that era. Only after school, when I moved to Athens for studies, I started purchasing more expensive perfumes (one bottle every year) and I cannot forget the year of 1994 that I saved money for months to buy books (both for the university and the conservatory) and one day instead of Chopin or Sophocles, a big blue bottle of Montana Parfum de Peau was proudly sitting on my desk. I never regretted for this purchase and Sophocles never held it against me. It took me several years to associate the perfume names with the smells I remembered as a child and almost 20 years to finally own most of the scented memories of my youth, except two: Fidji, the first name of perfume I learnt (and yes, I know it still exists but I want a vintage edition) and Clair de Jour, the very first real fragrance I wore as a teen. But as you advised in your first “Personal Tales” article, Miguel, I stay patient and persistent and I know that both they'll come to me from nowhere and they 'll take me again back to those carefree years. Thank you again for the article but mostly for the trip. (You apologize for what?)

Mar
03
2016
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Oh, Miguel, this is a very real article, complete with the feeling of longing that each one of us experience for the unavailable, elusive, and discontinued. I think everyone reading it will find something to empathize with. ' I feel the same way', IS empathy.

As for my perfume journey, it started with an Avon scent given me by my mother on my 4th or 5th birthday, and proceeded with whiffs of my elegant grandmother's ( all but empty ) bottle of Chanel no 5. ( Both Avon and Chanel seemed equally fascinating to me! ) Grandma kept the large and sumptuous bottle in her bathroom closet, and told me that it was the most wonderful perfume. I didn't quite know what to think about that at the time, only that it was very grown up, like my grandmother!

To this day, I regret not asking for the bottle, but it never occurred to me to request something so precious to her. Years later - in a hurried flurry to move - she threw it away while packing. You would think I would surely have bought a bottle myself, but I was not able to do so until the most recent reformulation, at which point I had not the heart to purchase something so much like water compared to it's rich and heady predecessor. Five sprays today have little or no sillage, pretty though they may be...

As for other fragrances that haunt me as memories, mostly I regret all the things I DIDN'T get to smell! Everything was being discontinued or reformulated by the time my adult perfume fascination blossomed, and this led to a feeling of blankness. DID such fragrance extravagance exist? But for the perfume ads, I would be tempted to suppose it was my imagination... C'est la vie!

Perfume was seldom worn by the grown ups around me, even during the wild days before 'fragrance free' office rules came into being, and when they did wear something scented their perfume taste was often unremarkable. So today I am AMAZED and thrilled beyond words at the unique, charming, and even Odd fragrances I did NOT discover as a youth! It is like a fairy world come alive to know that such perfumes do exist in reality and are still sometimes to be found, explored, and worn - with panache.

The joy of fragrance discovery is particularly rich for me, as a lover of all things vintage, in finding a new way entirely of experiencing the past! Not only the past of favorite books and films, but surprisingly of my own past. This came home vividly to me one Christmas while unwrapping a bottle of Avon Timeless, my signature scent of choice. A family member unexpectedly told me that my great grandmother had owned Timeless scented skin softener in the 1970's. They remembered the scent and the lovely little container of lotion kept in her bathroom. This is the dear grandmother I never met, having died very shortly before I was born.... I would NEVER have guessed. Sometimes a connection with the past through scent is possible even without a 'memory' of one's own!

Many thanks, Miguel. The intangible thrill of the magical aura that Is perfume is something that I for one will always love to read about.

Mar
03
2016
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Ah Miguel, never apologise for the beautiful person you are inside out or the beautiful way you write! I do so loved that trip down memory lane! Can you believe that once you smelled something beautiful you can recall the sensation and feeling it evoked? The first time I smelled Poison, back in the 80s I was captivated, it was sweet, resinous, deep, unapologetic. Same goes for Rive Gauche. A close mate from school had it as a present from her brother who bought it in one of his trips abroad (he worked in the merchant navy). I bought one to remind me of the old times and, to this day I can't smell it without recalling the image of two teenage girls in Greece on the eve of womanhood getting ready to go out before spraying a hefty dose of that magnificent juice! My very first proper perfume was Nina Ricci L air du Temps! That was Angela age 17! Recently I got my eye on a vintage Jacqueminot, now that was way before my time but it was a legend. Thank you again for this beautiful article Miguel!

Mar
03
2016
ntabassum92
ntabassum92

This was such a pleasure to read. I remember when I was much younger, I had two little samples of Clarins Par Amour and Par Amour Toujour from something my mother had bought at the Clarins counter. I was afraid to use them, because I cherished the smell so much. Even after I used them all up at special occasions, I still hoarded the little vials. I never forgot the names of the perfumes, and I was so sad when I stopped seeing them anywhere, and assumed that I would never be able to find them again. Then I found the beauty that is eBay ;) I got a used 1.7 oz bottle of the Par Amour last fall for $8 + shipping - I am in heaven. I still don't use it all the time, but when I do, it is just bliss. It's not a weakling fragrance like some others, it really stays.

Now just to get the baby, Par Amour Toujour :D

Mar
03
2016
smellagent
smellagent

good article. nice traveling down your memory lane. rive gauche brings back strong memories for me too. my mother wore this in mid 70's. was one of the few she let me play with because it came in a metal bottle back then. maybe they have switched a couple of times between glass and metal.

Mar
03
2016
KaseyC
KaseyC

just like you, i also hunt for the scents that remind me of the 80s and 90s. this hunt is enjoyable and every perfume is a bottle of history and memory.

btw, i'm a huge fan of Beverly Hills 90120! that's the zip code i will never forget :D

Mar
03
2016
migueldematos
migueldematos

@comfycat I have and wear Joop Le Bain. It's wonderful. And Loulou is just amazing and crazy!

Mar
03
2016
migueldematos
migueldematos

@kione I am Portuguese :) yes I remember Tribe very well. Actually wasn't it Tribu by Benetton? I understand you and it's like an itch, to have always wanted something and when you finally can buy it, it does no longer exist... Heartbreaking...

Mar
03
2016
ComfyCat
ComfyCat

I so so much enjoyed your personal blast from the past, Miguel!
Thats's the magic of perfumes, they can easily work like a time machine. My big sis wore Joop Le Bain and LouLou, my mom Lancome Tresor, Bogner No. 1 and Otto Kern Noa Noa, my dad most of the time Jil Sander Feeling man, and my dear grans Tasha and Vanderbilt. *sigh* great memories, thanks for sharing yours :)

Mar
03
2016
Kione
Kione

I do search for perfumes that bring me back to my childhood and teenage years. I recently bought Joya de Myrurgia because there was a bottle around when I was little. The scent is not the same tho, so that was a bit disappointing. I don't know if it has turned or the bottle at home had a different liquid inside.

Just this past Christmas I found a bottle of Eau de Verino which I loved on a friend when I was 18. Unfortunately it has turned (and I don't want to bring it back to the shop because they are quite rude) so I just display it as a memory of my youth.

I would love to own a bottle of Eau de Future, just for sentiments sake, it wasn't so good, but I used it happily! I have a lot on my want list that I might not particularly like, but would love to have in my collection. Eau de Chevrefeuille by Yves Rocher is another one that was on the bathroom shelf that I used to dab a bit on because my mum didn't particularly like it. But I was too little to use perfumes.

Estephanie by Princess Estephanie of Monaco is my unicorn. I would be prepared to pay a good bit for this, as it is the first perfume I ever owned, passed on by my mum's friend after a joke amongst them that I did not understand. I was 12 and was not allowed to use it, and sadly I displayed it on my shelf for years under light, sun, hot and cold. By the time I came to an age where I could enjoy it, it had totally turned. I can't find it anywhere and I keep searching.

BUT the one I had totally forgotten, that I insisted wanted for Christmas, that would break me to tears if I ever smell it again is Tribe, and I rediscovered it here! I was just jumping from one perfume page to another when someone mentioned this, I clicked on the link and these totally forgotten memories came back! AND I think you and I must be of similar age and were relatively near by (I am Spanish) because I remember watching Beverly Hills 90210 smelling happily of Tribe...

Mar
03
2016
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

Fantastic article, Miguel! I'm part of the same generation so I'd add the following to my fascination during that period: Oscar pour Lui, YSL Jazz, CK Obsession for Men, Benetton Colors (for women and for men), Kenzo Eau d'Ete in the leaf bottle, YSL Paris, Ungaro, Armani pour Homme, Claiborne, Guerlain Samsara, Lacroix C'est La Vie, Fendi Asja...oh, I could go on...

Mar
03
2016

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